2023 Pennine Ridge Recap Kalik record his third win on the trot

Kalik causes a bit of an upset as he goes gate to wire to take out the Grade 2 Pennine Ridge Stakes and record his third win on the trot and his biggest career success to date. Here is the 2023 Pennine Ridge Recap.

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2023 Pennine Ridge Recap

Grade 2 – Purse $200,000 – 1 1/8 Miles – Turf – 3-Year-Olds

This race most definitely played to the strengths of the eventual winner KALIK as he was the only one who had previously shown early speed, and his rivals were content to let him have the box seat on the speed.

As the gates opened, he was taken straight to the lead by Irad Ortiz Jr and he set just modest fractions with the first quarter going in 24.3 seconds and a half mile in a pedestrian 49 seconds flat. He was followed into the back stretch by Freedom Trail and the big longshot Lachaise.

The order changed little until the far turn. Kalik still led but the chalk far bridge came under a drive and was badly positioned and dropped to sixth while Silver Knott was back in fifth on the rail but starting to make ground.

As they hit the top of the stretch Ortiz asked the leader to widen and he did by two and a half lengths. Silver Knott made his challenge in the four-lane while Far Bridge pitched inside to challenge from the rail position, and although both made late closing bids, the bird had flown, and Kalik held well to win by a length, with a head separating the other two.

Lachaise who chased the early pace held well for fourth and will be interesting next time with a drop down the class ladder.

2023 Pennine Ridge Stakes Payouts

1. Kalik$7.90$3.20$2.30
2. Far Bridge$3.10$2.10
3. Silver Knott$2.30

WINNING TIME: 1 min 12.36 secs

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